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Old 12-22-2012, 10:06 PM   #391
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yep mt dare,got there with bugga all fuel in the tank (leaked a bit out)filled up and it took 50litres?? a few beers at the pub and off up the binns track to camp near the nt/sa border and help unc with his washingmore beers here i think .that track was a blast ,i missed the sign as well greg(musta been all the dust).
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Old 12-25-2012, 12:33 AM   #392
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I might reserve this post for a GoPro video of the run back to the pub for ice on the howling old Super Tenere....once I actually sort the video.
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Old 12-25-2012, 02:55 AM   #393
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I might reserve this post for a GoPro video of the run back to the pub for ice on the howling old Super Tenere....once I actually sort the video.
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Old 12-29-2012, 04:35 PM   #394
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I might reserve this post for a GoPro video of the run back to the pub for ice on the howling old Super Tenere....once I actually sort the video.

come-on Sundowner... get your shit together.... that ride was over 6 months ago...you should be sorted by now!






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Old 12-30-2012, 05:24 AM   #395
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next day was another beauty...

that Sundowners Taj-Mahal...



breakfast done, camp packed and it was back out onto Binns track... the plan was to head up
to Old Andado homestead for a look then back over to Finke to make camp out on the track for the race tomorrow..



the first bit of track from camp was a fairly sandy encounter... with a sharp left hander at the end of a
particularly sandy stretch... Sundowner was up the front, and waited for us to all get thru..

i think from memory Unclegra was the only one who took the scenic route at the bend....

the track then headed off into dune country... but largely ran parallel with the dunes...

Uncle Gra coning past as i stopped to shake some life back into a carpel tunneled hand...



more sand...
note the tyre track!



UncleGra stops for a chat to an old mate...



another re-group stop...



and hitting the Finke-Old Andado road...





the road was a bit 'better'... and it started to cross a few of the dunes...



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Old Andado in the distance....




the final dune before the homestead...




we all regrouped at Old andado for lunch... Sandwiches under the
Marquee i believe....

and a bit of a look around the old homestead...

The old lady who used to live here (Molly) only recently moved into a nursing home in Alice Springs...

The place has been left as a bit of a living museum of how things were out here...



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the bikes waiting for lunch..



so after lunch ther was about 25kms of back-tracking...



before a final run in to Finke...



which was thru the odd gate...



and thru the odd dry river-bed..




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if you look closely, in front of the tree, coming in from the left... is a bicycle track....



and then we hit Finke... like all Aboriginal communities, photos are frowned upon....

so not many of them.... this is the petrol bowser...



there was plenty of activity in Finke... and it was the 'turn around' point, and overnight stop
for the desert race... lots of bikes and 4wd's coming thru..

and the odd local trying to sell camping in their front yards..

anyway, we fuelled up and headed out the race track a few kms... just over the Finke river...

and set camp a few hundred metres off the track to avoid a bit of dust..



it wasnt long before the sun set on another magic day.....



and the usual fire, feed n beers ...

oh and Ani collecting us lots of firewood....




it was a big night... we'd made it... and the anticipation of what was to happen tomorrow was up there...

but, after a big night (hell we were here now... nowhere to go tomorrow!) it seemed like no one had any trouble sleeping...

(oh except for the generator at 'next doors' camp....... )

next morning was race day....

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i woke up the next morning to the sound of chatter...

at first i thought it was my teeth...

but on poking my head out the tent i saw a few of the lads were up and had the billy on...



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so i climbed out of bed and stumbled about the campsite ...




and then, just on sunrise headed over to the fire for a cuppa...and some warmth.... bloody cold out here!




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the 950 enjoying the sunrise...



the 800 being frosty.....



morning color...



and UncleGra's setup.... shhhhhhh... he's still asleep...




so we wased up after tea last night... but didnt dry up, or put away....

did i mention it was cold out here!!




anyway, the fire and cups of coffee kept us warm for a few hours round the fire...



then the time was getting close...

we moseyed out to the track with some beers.... and it wasnt long before the
light buzz that could have been shrugged of as a bee or a wasp or some other insect...got louder and louder...

and then it became a roar...

and then the dust was visible on the horizon..

and then it was on!!




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Old 12-31-2012, 02:12 AM   #396
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hey merry xmas dude.
Happy New Year, lads. Hope we get to ride together again soon.

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come-on Sundowner... get your shit together.... that ride was over 6 months ago...you should be sorted by now!






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But I'm not young enough to work it out myself. I'll get there, eventually. Bought a new laptop recently - yet to transfer the raw GoPro video files. Had a go at editing the video ages ago on my touring netbook and gave up - N.F. Idea what I'm meant to do. Netbook didn't respond to swearing so I gave up.
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Old 12-31-2012, 02:24 AM   #397
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Had a go at editing the video ages ago on my touring netbook and gave up - N.F. Idea what I'm meant to do. Netbook didn't respond to swearing so I gave up.

you think you got problems...

my next 650-odd photos wont open.....


something like a corupt header record...

gotta find me a hex-editor me thinks...

might be a slight delay on the next post... nothin new there i guess...

on a positive note... the corruption is only on race photos... the first 4 race photos are ok,,, and so are the last 4... everything in-between.... poopy...

bear with me... oh and hints on a decent free hex editor welcome


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Old 12-31-2012, 02:29 AM   #398
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oh and hey.... Happy New year!!..

heres to some good , safe ridin in 2013...

i know i've got a few plans for a few goosd rides in the new year... heres to you gettin out there too !

thanks for watchin!


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Old 01-01-2013, 01:40 AM   #399
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Have a safe new year all youse blokes...I have a short vid of Toby Price coming in at the end of day 1...I dont know how to post it..sumbody who knows how send me ya email and I'll send it to ya.....
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Old 01-19-2013, 05:28 PM   #400
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I've just found this report. It is fantastic, although I'm only up to page 10. You've got some great riding out there. I've got a suggestion. You should have some 'Gone Again' stickers made up. I think you'd sell a bunch. Thanks again for your continuing report.
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Old 01-27-2013, 09:36 PM   #401
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I've just found this report. It is fantastic, although I'm only up to page 10. You've got some great riding out there.

thanks mate!


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I've got a suggestion. You should have some 'Gone Again' stickers made up.

that sounds like work!


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Old 01-27-2013, 09:39 PM   #402
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...I have a short vid of Toby Price coming in at the end of day 1...I dont know how to post it..sumbody who knows how send me ya email and I'll send it to ya.....

is that the 14 second one... file named somethin like 100_2182.MOV...?

if so, i got it from ya a few months back... i'll try work out how to post it tonight... along with a few pics from the race....

(although ive given up on trying to recover the 650-odd photos that got corrupted along the way )



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So yeah, somehow most of my photos from the 2 days of the race (and the after dark activities ) became corrupted...

doesnt look like any way to fix em.... so i've just deleted 650-ish stuffed jpg's..

anyway...

heres a few that arent stuffed.. and a couple that i'd posted elsewhere before they got stuffed....




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certainly stired up the dust out there...



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so after the cars came thru, it was the bikes turn....

Toby Price came thru first (and went on to win)




An Alice Springs local came in second... and was lucky not to loose it coming thru the Finke river.....



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dont really remember what happened that night... there was a bit of a walk into the pits area, where everyone got lost...

and there had been a bit of banter over the last few nights on how to get home....
this intensified (well it was home time tomorrow arvo...)

there was a couple of plans, one was doing the Anne Beadell highway.... but most of us wern't too keen on this since we'd done
no prep for that sort of distances between fuel...

Tony threw a simpson crossing into the mix.... i wasnt so keen on that one (again from a prep perspective..)

Matty just had to go home.... (so whichever one we went with, there was no support vehicle, camp cook etc )

Aub and Graham were swinging like a dunny door from one option to the other...


i kinda (well i think it was me..) threw the idea of goin back out to Old Andado and continuing up the Binns track thru
the edge of the Simpson and into Alice Springs...


after a few beers, it seemed the Anne Beadell option was dead in the water....

id pretty much decided on the trip upto Alice...

Aub looked in on that one too... we tossed around the idea of then gunning it to Kalgoorlie via the Great Central Road
and then back across the Nullabour... Aub had to be back for work, but at the pace he rode there was plenty of time...


Tony seemen pretty set on a simpon Crossing, and Sundowner looked set to join him...

Graham was still floppin about...

anyway he still had a few hours left tomorrow to change his mind another couple of times....

so we made a fair dint in our beer supply that night.. (well we'd not have an esky tomorrow!)

next morning we were up earlyish again...

all except Sundowner....

seemed after so many days eating Spam for breakfast, his bowels finally collapsed...

i'm not gonna think about what he spent all morning out in the bush doing....


the race came thru earlier and much more compacted (since we were now at the start point rather than the end...)

jumping into the Finke River..




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some tail-enders after my picture issues sorted themselves out.......



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so it seemed UncleGra had decided to come to Alice..

Sundowner wasnt going anywhere (well other than back into the scrub with little steps and a clenched bum muscle...


after a while head scratching on what to do, it was decided that TonyRDR and Sundowner would hang around for a bit...
and then head of home via a Sipmpson crossing to Birdsville when Sundowner was up to it..

Ozbikedude, UncleGra and myself would had north for Alice...., with Graham then looping east into Queensland, down thru NSW home..

Aub was lookin like taking the Great Central Road to Kalgoorlie then back east across the Bite...

I was tempted to go with Aub, but wouldnt mind having a look out in the MacDonnel ranges east and west from Alice Springs...

I'd decide that bit when we got there......

So the 3 of us packed... poked Sundowner with Sticks, wished Matty and Tony Good luck..... and buggered off along the
race track into Finke...


Lads got any decent race pic's...?



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fraid not ol son...my camera ran out of batteries and storage just out of Alice Springs...got nothing from Cattlewater Pass and the Plenty east....great tale your telling here Glen...
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Oh here's UncleGra's video of Toby comin in on the first day...





well thats a bit crap... not working... but if i hit 'edit' on this post, it plays in the edit window.....
sigh...

try work it out tomorrow...

(any hints on videos from photobucket via firefox..?)

















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